FINAL ROUND: The Duchess of Cambridge carried out her final round of public engagements Friday before the start of her maternity leave. The young royal, who is due to give birth to her second child in April, joined the Duke of Cambridge for a tour of Stephen Lawrence Center, a London facility that helps disadvantaged youths. They also visited XLP in Gipsy Hill, a charity that aids inner-city children, and watched performances that are a part of the XLP arts program.
They also toured an XLP community bus and a mobile recording studio at the Hazel Grove Estate in Sydenham. A regular wardrobe recycler, the duchess donned the same fuchsia pink Mulberry coat that she wore during the couple’s official tour in New York last year. She wore the coat to visit Ground Zero and attend a 9/11 memorial service.
The duchess has also been putting pen to paper this week for Place2Be, a charity of which she is a patron and which offers counseling for school children. She wrote to The Times of London in support of The Times to Mind campaign, an initiative that aids child mental health services.
“I have been heartened to see that so much progress has been made in ending the taboo of adults openly treating mental wellbeing as the health issue it is. I believe that our generation of parents, carers, teachers, and health workers now have the chance to give the mental health of our children the focus it requires. I feel strongly that young people and parents need to know that they can ask for help. Just as with physical health, we need to act early to provide support when a child is faced with emotional difficulties. This is a discussion that William and I hope to play a part in during the months and years to come. We welcome all work to highlight this important issue for the benefit of all our young people.”